This blog began as a journal of a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Award visit to the USA to study how Lifestyle Redesign could be used in Occupational Therapy to improve the hospital/home interface for older people. It has continued to record developments and inspiration gained from that experience since returning from Los Angeles early in 2012.

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Saturday, 13 April 2013



Lifestyle Redesign®

“ a process of acquiring health promoting habits & routines in daily life” (Clark et al 1997)

“…is the process of incorporating health promoting habits & routines in your daily life. OTs look at how you ‘occupy’ your time and how the daily activities you engage in affect your overall health, wellness & life satisfaction” University of Southern California Faculty Practice

Four core beliefs of the Occupational Therapy profession informed the development of Lifestyle Redesign®:

  • Occupation is life itself
  • Occupation can create new visions of possible selves
  • Occupation has a curative effect on physical and mental health and on a sense of life order and routine
  • Occupation has a place in preventive care (Mandel et al 1997)

The concept is now widely recognised in occupational therapy and health literature (see report tab at top of page for more detailed information). The term ‘Lifestyle Redesign’ is trademark protected, but any OT can draw upon the methodology. I suggest reading the report as above as a starting point.

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